The Hindu | The politician and an activist
Although written in 2001, Poile Sengupta’s Alipha is relevant in today’s time of polarising politics and violence against women. The play has two characters, an MLA’s son and a young girl who is an activist. There is no dialogue between them. Their stories play out on stage.
“The woman’s story is told as she ages from five to 25,” Poile says. “During the course of the play her language changes and so does her confidence. The man, on the other hand, speaks about one evening in his life. He is a politician’s son and gets drunk on his own power.”
Jagriti is a Performance Arts space dedicated to Theatre, Music, Dance and Comedy. Founded in 2011 by Arundhati and Jagdish Raja, the space has hosted several productions from India and around the world. A 200-seat theatre, built around a full-thrust stage, it is fully equipped to cater to both artistes and audience. The main stage is designed for intimate performances, with adjoining spaces for informal lectures and gatherings, and an attached restaurant- 'The Fat Chef'. Jagriti is owned and operated by the not-for-profit ART Foundation, a registered charitable trust.
The Rooftop - above the main auditorium is an open-to-sky space with a staging area that can accommodate about 50 people. A raised and walled off platform can work as a perfect area for puppet theatre. The Rooftop has a restroom and a pantry.
The Terrace - alongside the auditorium, the Terrace can accommodate about 20 people as an informal gathering area.
Lumbini - extending out from the foyer, Lumbini has a stage and an open-to-sky terraced space for about 80 people.